Calling All to Celebrate with Strawberry Ice Cream

And you would ask what is the reason that calls for such an announcement?  Well, I am about to get published for the very first time. I am over the moon at this thought and I cannot but help rave about it on my blog. And ofcourse, celebrating it with some yummy, oh-so-baby-pink Strawberry Ice Cream. I have been writing movie reviews for a National Daily – The Daily Tribune,  here in Bahrain which I may not have mentioned before on my blog. My movie reviews appear every Friday in their weekend edition. But having my work printed in a book along with other wonderful writers is something I have been looking forward to for months.

In February 2010, I had the opportunity to join a Writer’s Circle here in Bahrain and it has been a great experience meeting and exchanging ideas with plenty of talented writers on the island. As a part of this fabulous group, I also got to attend creative writing workshops which in my opinion have really helped me break  the mould and set my thoughts free. As a part of this group, I was given the opportunity to contribute towards compiling a beautiful book about Bahrain, in lieu of the political tension that has tarnished this island’s image.  The administrator of our group, Robin Barratt explained to us what this book is going to be about in few words.

My Beautiful Bahrain : A collection of short stories about life and living in The Kingdom of Bahrain. With lots of fascinating personal ‘life’ stories, quite a few tourist-type information and fact based contributions, some wonderful poetry, an occasional piece of fiction (set on the island) and a mixture of other diverse and captivating prose, with fifty contributions from forty writers from fifteen countries (almost 300 pages), My Beautiful Bahrain is both varied and unique, and an undeniably indispensable guide for travellers and visitors to the island, as well as a ‘must-read’ book for people living here, doing business here, or just interested in what life is like living on this tiny, tiny island in the Arabian Gulf. The aims and goals of this book are to show the world that; firstly, there are a great many terrific and talented writers on the island that most definitely should be read and heard and secondly, for most people here, Bahrain is a wonderful place to live! “

So in my tryst to prove that I am serious food blogger I took up the onus of contributing an article about the food (both traditional and modern) of Bahrain. I convinced my friend Namit to help me capture the food – culture of Bahrain through beautiful photographs. That is how we managed to come about with an article of about 3000 plus words – Bahrain: A Culinary Oasis. Now that dream of seeing our work in print would come true in a month or so. I say so because the beautiful cover page of the book is out. ( Pardon me if  I sound like a lovelorn teenage, giddy with excitement)

The beautiful cover was painted by the island’s own Ella Prakash, a painter extraordinaire.

I had to celebrate this occasion with something special and I couldn’t think beyond the simple, sweet, rich and creamy Strawberry Ice cream adapted from my friend La’s blog. La and I have been following each other’s blog for sometime now. In fact she was the one who helped me proof read my article in a professional way. I cannot thank her enough for picking on the silly usages, the redundant sentences and grammar. She proof read it for me countless times as I prepared one draft after the other. There is no other way to thank her enough but by making something wonderful from her lovely blog. Thanks so much La. <3

The Recipe for Strawberry Ice Cream

Yield: 1.5 litres
Serves: 12-15
Preparation time: Under 30 minutes
Setting time: 4 hours
adapted from foodslice
3 cups fresh strawberries + some more for pulp
3 cups fresh cream ( I used full cream)
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons strawberry essence
1. Wash, hull and chop the strawberries.
2. Blend milk and sugar quickly. Add the vanilla essence. Now add the cream and whisk it again until smooth and creamy for a couple of minutes.
3. Add the strawberries and mix into the cream in the blender. You will get a creamy mixture in dreamy pink.
4. Transfer to a freezer safe bowl and keep it in the freezer for 3-4 hours. Before it freezes completely, take it out and blend again to get a creamier texture to the ice cream.
5. I repeated this process  four times and got  a softer creamier texture to my  ice cream without any ice crystals at all.
6. After the last round of pulsing, I blended some fresh strawberries into a coarse pulp and added to the mixture between returning it back into the freezer.
I was most happy with the results and would try the same recipe with other favourite flavours like Mango, chocolate and peach too. The ice cream was rich and creamy without being overtly sweet. The addition of strawberry pulp provided the a delightful tone to the ice cream. Scoopfuls have been disappearing since I made it as ice cream is my daughter’s favourite dessert these days.
I hope to share the good news of the book coming out on the stands in a month and a half or so. I want to thank my husband, my family and all the friends who provided me plenty of encouragement and helped me research the food and culture of this glorious Kingdom. It has been an enchanting journey indeed.

52 thoughts on “Calling All to Celebrate with Strawberry Ice Cream”

    1. You know I could see Bikram Paji’s face when he wrote this comment! And I have the same expressions now 🙂 Heartiest Congrats! You are one diligent writer……hats off 🙂

  1. Wow! This is the 2nd book news I have heard today. It seems all my favourite bloggers are getting published. I am really happy for you and looking forward to the book. All the very best and congratulations! 😀

  2. Anita, This is the first time anyone has made anything from my blog and linked back. I am over the moon too. Thank you so much for the mention and i am honoured to have been able to be a tiny part of your success. It truly gives me immense joy to see you getting published. Kind of gives hope for us relatively newer bloggers, its really inspiring. May this be the first of many more book publications! Good luck.

  3. Congratulations a million times over!!!!! Such wonderful news. The ice cream looks divine. Strawberries are not quite in season here but yours look wonderful!

  4. Congratulations on being published! I am so excited for you. This is so well deserved – your writing is spectacular and your cooking? Phenomenal.

    The ice cream looks delicious. 🙂

  5. You know,Ice-cream is one of my favorite things in the world!
    One of the reasons,is because it always takes us back to happy times.Whether it is dad buying a popsicle post dinner,or the neighborhood kulfi wallah ringing the bell,ice-cream means bliss,sweetness and happy memories!:-)
    Thank you for sharing,Anita!:-)

  6. So thrilled for you, Anu! Congrats on getting published, I hope to see your work soon. And what better way to celebrate than with ice-cream! As these pics got published in FG & TS, it’s double congrats!!

  7. Oh Anita !! This is brilliant stuff…Truly deserving..I have extremely tardy last few days..Hope u pardon me and do let me know when this book gets out, will surely want a copy having stayed in this beautiful island for the major part of my life..

  8. Dear Anita, I’ve been following your blog and can’t seem to stop. It’s so interesting. We’ve met once at the BWC’s November meeting. My name is Muneera and you told me about your blog. I’m from Kerala too and a new member of the BWC. Like you, I’m a stay at home mom and haven’t got much of a social life. I didn’t know there were homeschooling groups in Bahrain! It sounds like fun! My children attend the ISB. And your cooking sounds like lots of fun, too. I guess you are at your brother’s wedding now but I do hope we can meet at the next BWC meeting. And congrats upon the publishing of your article. Robin showed us the book’s cover. Great work!

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